Winter Cheer

It’s raining in Texas. Dark and dreary — and still more than three months until Opening Day.

Mats_eb

There. That’s better.

14 comments… add one

  • Yawn.

    MitchYF December 30, 2006, 11:39 am
  • wow hes sexy in that sox uni

    TJ Sox Fan December 30, 2006, 2:07 pm
  • Nice photostop job. That is very slick. It almost looks real.

    ewet December 30, 2006, 2:39 pm
  • it is real. He wore the uniform for the taping of a commercial in Japan yesterday.

    TJ Sox Fan December 30, 2006, 2:57 pm
  • With all this buildup, he damn well better be the second coming of Bob Gibson…

    Andrews December 30, 2006, 6:50 pm
  • No, he better be a solid #3/#2 starter. Anything more will be gravy for a first-year pitcher, anything less will be disappointing.
    Pedro Martinez has been the only thing Gibson-esque in the last 30 years, and anyone who has those expectations for DM is not being realistic.

    SF December 30, 2006, 6:52 pm
  • Hear, Hear!!!

    Andrews December 30, 2006, 7:00 pm
  • “anyone who has those expectations for DM is not being realistic.”
    then we arent seeing much realism from the rest of the nation.

    ansky December 30, 2006, 9:03 pm
  • sf, the money is #1…less than 20 wins is a colossal failure…[just kidding]…i’m actually rooting for this guy, but not for the sox, to be clear on that, so if he wins 20 and you go 20 and 142, that would be sweet…

    dc December 31, 2006, 12:07 am
  • then we arent seeing much realism from the rest of the nation.
    Put up or shut up, ansky. Who, and where?

    Paul SF December 31, 2006, 1:59 am
  • If Matsuzaka does not win the Cy Young, have an ERA under 2.0, lead the Red Sox to an AL East title and World Series win, he should be considered a major, major best.
    Also, Matsuzaka should win the AL Rookie of the Year, AL MVP, and become more popular in Boston than Big Papi, Pedro, and getting drunk on St. Paddy’s day combined.
    If not, he is a bust. Period.
    Oh yeah, he should also throw a no-hitter … or two.

    FanaticFan December 31, 2006, 3:43 pm
  • correction:
    best=bust

    FanaticFan December 31, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • That’s a picture of a pitch Jason Giambi is about to take low and out of the zone for a ball, right before he launches the next would-have-been-fouled-off-in-Japan fastball into the upper tank.

    tom yf December 31, 2006, 7:02 pm
  • That means that Jason Giambi is batting while standing right next to the dugout, based on the seeming perspective of that photo. Odd.

    SF December 31, 2006, 7:07 pm

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